Band Info

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Illuminata 2015, Where Stories Unfold

The Short Story

Illuminata, founded in 2006, is a female fronted metal-band from Graz, Austria. It currently consists of five members:

Katarzyna Nieniewska – Vocals
Sabrina Supan – Keyboards
Thomas Kern – Drums
Lukas Knoebl – Guitars
Christoph Vide – Bass

So far the band has released five CDs, starting with their first Demo EP Lachrymal (2007). In the aftermath of the record and with rapid growth in musical skill, recources and ambition they started working on a full length album.

Promising debut […] A band to keep an eye on for sure. – Metal-Archives Review

Finally, the first LP From the Chalice of Dreams (2009) established the band’s general direction and what Illuminata has been about ever since: complex keyboards, catchy melodies and a tight Heavy-Metal rhythm section in combination with powerful female vocals. The band yet released another EP shortly afterwards, called ‘A Frame Of Beauty‘ (2009), featuring three tracks and played some successful concerts, including two appearences on the Metalcamp festival in Slovenia.

Illuminata writes big songs – music that creates images in your heart and your head and belongs on a huge stage. – Legacy Magazine 

Being a completely independent production from start to finish and without affiliation to any record label, the music of Illuminata’s first professional release A World So Cold (2011) has been favourably reviewed by major magazines and webzines like Legacy or Stormbringer and was described as a compelling symbiosis of heavy metal and film score.

Now, with Illuminata’s newest release Where Stories Unfold, their unique and refined style is even more dominated by a strong presence of orchestral elements. The album is heavily influenced by recent ‘larger than life’ blockbusters movies and combines two of the most powerful genres, Heavy Metal and Film Music. Finally, the band’s cooperation with the prestigious, 60-piece Czech Film Orchestra and the overall top-notch production culminates in a one of the most vibrant, emotional and innovative releases in the genre to date. Welcome to Hollywood!